Welcome to a new edition of TheSunnyMag. This week’s curated list of beautiful reads from around the web contains a brilliant piece from the New Yorker on the Google Glass, the inside story of Moto X & much more. Happy reading!
New New World
Life of a stranger who stole my phone: A girl whose smartphone was stolen puts up the pictures from it as the “douchebag” forgot to switch off the camera upload function. Take a look.
With growing internet penetration and data usage, India is Facebook’s new lab: When it comes to his own communication needs, Greg Marra likes to keep pace”an Apple iPhone 5 and a Nexus 4 Android phone are constant companions. But earlier this month, on his second visit to India, Marra’s preoccupation was phones that go way, way, way back in technology time. More here.
Virtual Currency Gains Ground in Actual World: Depending on whom you ask, bitcoins are a goofy geek invention with as much long-term value as Monopoly money — or a technology development that could transform currency the way e-mail and texting have transformed correspondence. More here.
Why removing features makes people unhappy: I have been active in the gnome project for a long time. over the years, i have seen and heard a lot of criticism and praise, but there is one thing i never quite understood. people were always complaining if a feature was removed. sometimes, that specific feature was replaced by something better, sometimes the feature had been evolved and sometimes that feature was dropped. More here.
Is There Life After Work?: AT an office party in 2005, one of my colleagues asked my then husband what I did on weekends. She knew me as someone with great intensity and energy. “Does she kayak, go rock climbing and then run a half marathon?” she joked. No, he answered simply, “she sleeps.” And that was true. When I wasn’t catching up on work, I spent my weekends recharging my batteries for the coming week. Work always came first, before my family, friends and marriage — which ended just a few years later. More here.
The 10 Best Venture Capitalist Blogs For Entrepreneurs: In the increasingly competitive world of venture capital, it pays to be helpful—literally. To get in on the best deals, VCs need to be seen as smart, insightful and supportive. And since VCs are all about scale, what better way to do that than a blog? This is good news for entrepreneurs, because despite the bad rep that the venture industry gets (these guys are technically in finance after all) VCs occasionally know what they’re talking about. More here.
17 Startup Founders Give Advice On How To Become Insanely Successful: Starting or working at a startup can be one of the most stressful things a person does in his or her life. Despite the fact that thousands have done it all before, it can be daunting to take your first step without a mentor as a guide. Read more.
The Moral Limits of Markets: If you are sentenced to a jail term in Santa Barbara, California, and don’t like the standard accommodations, you can buy a prison-cell upgrade for about $90 per night. Read more.
Can Marissa Mayer Save Yahoo?: Now Mayer wants to transform it into a media company for the mobile age. She’s refocusing her 11,500-employee company on the kind of personalized, habit-forming content that people view on tablets and phones. That means new kinds of e-mail, messaging, and news applications, tailored to the location-aware and always-on nature of the mobile experience. More here.
John Wilkes Booth killed Lincoln… but who killed John Wilkes Booth? A murdered president. A fleeing assassin. A dead man’s vertebrae. A deathbed confession and a ghastly suicide. A family’s disgrace. Conspiracy theories and courtroom battles. Secret burials and an unmarked grave. An aborted exhumation and a hopeful DNA analysis. Oh, and then there’s the riddle of that missing mummy. More here.
India’s Walmart of Heart Surgery Cuts the Cost by 98%: Every bit the capitalist, he has trimmed costs by buying cheaper scrubs and spurning air-conditioning and other efficiencies. That’s helped cut the price of artery-clearing coronary bypass surgery to 95,000 rupees ($1,555)—half of what it was 20 years ago. He wants to get it down to $800 within a decade. The same procedure costs $106,385 at Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic, according to data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. More here.
O.K., GLASS: Confessions of a Google Glass Explorer: The man with the glasses is lying on the couch at his psychoanalyst’s office. The pink rectangle floats before his eye. The man begins complaining about his glasses. In the first week, he’s supposed to wear them only one hour a day, but he can’t help himself. He’s been wearing them non-stop and now it feels like his right eye is bulging out, and also he feels nauseous and has a throbbing headache somewhere to the right of the bridge of his nose. More here.
The Inside Story of Moto X: Almost exactly two years ago, Google announced its purchase of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. It was the company’s biggest deal ever, far exceeding previous big buys like YouTube for $1.7 billion and DoubleClick for $3.1 billion. Both of those acquisitions were hugely successful, but the Motorola purchase seemed baffling. Mainly, it seemed to provide Google with valuable intellectual property that would allow the company to defend itself against a tidal wave of patent lawsuits. Motorola—the inventor of the very first cell phone—had a great patent portfolio indeed. But the estimated worth of those patents was less than half Google’s purchase price. The other portion brought Google a money-bleeding Chicago-area-based hardware business. The purchase would almost double Google’s head count with employees who brought little to the bottom line. Employees who were not Googly, in a business that seemingly didn’t scale. What was Google thinking? Read more here.
A Videogame That Recruits Players to Map the Brain: I’m no neuroscientist, and yet, here I am at my computer attempting to reconstruct a neural circuit of a mouse’s retina. It’s not quite as difficult and definitely not as boring as it sounds. In fact, it’s actually pretty fun, which is a good thing considering I’m playing a videogame. More here.
A Cheap Spying Tool With a High Creepy Factor: Brendan O’Connor is a security researcher. How easy would it be, he recently wondered, to monitor the movement of everyone on the street – not by a government intelligence agency, but by a private citizen with a few hundred dollars to spare? More here.
The machine of a new soul: Computers will help people to understand brains better. And understanding brains will help people to build better computers. More here.